DC Comics Runs #BlackLivesMatter Messaging – Will It Go Further?

This week saw DC Comics publish a free digital comic book written by Christian Cooper, It's A Bird. A fictionalised version of the event that this former Marvel editor and Star Trek writer went through in Central Park that made international headlines and preceded the Black Lives Matter protests that followed the killing of George Floyd.

DC Comics Black Lives Matter Messaging - Will It Go Further?
DC Comics Runs #BlackLivesMatter Messaging – Will It Go Further?

With the use of a pair of very special binoculars, it puts this event, and the threat made, into the context of many other Black men and women who were killed by police for the most spurious of reasons.

DC Comics Black Lives Matter Messaging - Will It Go Further?
DC Comics Runs #BlackLivesMatter Messaging – Will It Go Further?

But more than that, the comic book Represent! also runs case histories of a number of those people. from Amadou Diallo

DC Comics Black Lives Matter Messaging - Will It Go Further?
DC Comics Runs #BlackLivesMatter Messaging – Will It Go Further?

… to Breonna Taylor

DC Comics Black Lives Matter Messaging - Will It Go Further?
DC Comics Runs #BlackLivesMatter Messaging – Will It Go Further?

…to George Floyd.

DC Comics Black Lives Matter Messaging - Will It Go Further?
DC Comics Runs #BlackLivesMatter Messaging – Will It Go Further?

And more and more and more…

DC Comics Black Lives Matter Messaging - Will It Go Further?
DC Comics Runs #BlackLivesMatter Messaging – Will It Go Further?

The question some have asked is that, while this is welcomed, will DC Comics continue this kind of messaging in other publications, aside from those that can be seen as "a very special episode of" one-shots like Represent! This weekend's DC Fandome event will include a number of related programming, but nothing that allows any interaction with fans, Will it all be PR>

DC Comics encourages readers to share this story with friends and family and to talk about how people can inspire change in their communities. They also state that many organizations—including Color of ChangeEqual Justice InitiativeNAACP Legal Defense & Educational FundNational Center for Civil and Human RightsNational Urban League, and the Bail Project—are also working to advance social justice and civil rights in support of #BlackLivesMatter. Represent!'s first issue is free and available now, It's a Bird by Christian Cooper and Alitha E. Martinez.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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